Kathua rape and murder: SC orders protection for family, issues notice to J&K govt

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court issued notices to the Jammu and Kashmir government on a petition relating to the Kathua rape and murder case. The court while issuing notices sought a reply from the J&K government on the transferring the case to Chandigarh.

The court was hearing a plea that sought the transfer of the case to Chandigarh. The plea was filed by the father of the 8 year old girl who was gangraped and murdered at Kathua in Jammu in the month of January. The plea sought for the transfer of the case out of Jammu.

The father also sought for security for his family and lawyers representing them. He also sought for strengthening of security at the juvenile home where a minor accused is lodged. The police have in all named 8 accused in the case.

The court ordered that the government should continue to provide security to the victim’s family. Further the police were also ordered to provide security to the family’s advocate.

Kathua rape and murderAppearing for the family, senior advocate, Indira Jaisingh said that the atmosphere is not conducive for a fair trial. The atmosphere is highly polarised, she also said.

The victim from a minority nomadic community was allegedly held in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district for a week in January this year during which she was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death.

According to the chargesheets filed by the Crime Branch, the abduction, rape and killing of the girl was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the nomadic community from the area. A separate chargesheet was filed for the juvenile.

The counsel for the accused demanded a copy of the chargesheet filed by the Crime Branch on April 9 before the chief judicial magistrate.

Meanwhile, the sessions court will hear the case on April 28. All the accused persons were brought before the court which directed that chargesheet copies be provided to each of them. The counsel for the accused, Ankur Sharma also said that they were ready for a narco analysis test.

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